Still reeling from Dorian, Bahamas face Humberto
Officials temporarily suspended aid efforts and closed a couple of small airports in the Bahamas Saturday as Tropical Storm Humberto dumped rain on parts of the archipelago’s northwest region that were already hammered by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago.
Humberto lashed the islands as U.N. SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres visited the Bahamas to support humanitarian efforts in the wake of Dorian, which hit as a Category 5 that left thousands in need of food, water and shelter. The list of missing stands at 1,300 people and the death toll at 50. But officials say the list is preliminary and many people could just be unable to connect with loved ones.
Threatening to exacerbate islands’ problems, Humberto’s rains were falling on Abaco island though conditions appeared normal Saturday afternoon in nearby Grand Bahama.
Saturday afternoon, the hurricane center said the storm was located about 40 miles north of Great Abaco island and 120 miles east-northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama. The storm was moving 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the northwest Bahamas, except for Andros Island, and 2 to 4 inches of rain was expected, with isolated amounts of 6 inches. Weather forecasters say Humberto will likely become a hurricane by Sunday night as it moves away from the Bahamas and the U.S. coast. It won’t threaten land as a hurricane but its swells could affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina later this weekend and early next week.
The hurricane center said most of Humberto’s heavy squalls were occurring north and east of the center of the storm, which was passing just east of Abaco. However, government officials in the Bahamas urged people in damaged homes to seek shelter.